Coronavirus: The latest developments in Sussex (Saturday, April 25)

Here’s all the coronavirus related news that’s gone on in Sussex over the last 24 hours

As of Saturday (April, 25) at 7am, the following figures are the known number of Covid-19 cases in each district:

Brighton and Hove: 337

East Sussex: 491

West Sussex: 974

Total: 1,758

“Stay home”

Sussex’s NHS, care providers, councils, police, fire, and ambulance services are making an impassioned plea to the public to continue to stay at home to stop the spread of Covid-19.

The members of the Sussex Resilience Forum are also sharing a video made by a team of frontline workers.

Unnecessary journeys

Since last Friday (April, 17), Police have handed out 74 fines for breaching coronavirus lockdown measures.

Excuses have been listed by police, including a man collecting a Bonsai tree at 2am, and another arriving from London to take photos of the starts at Beachy Head.

‘Gatwick diamond’

Crawley MP Henry Smith spoke to More Radio about a number of businesses in the ‘Gatwick diamond’ that will suffer because they rely on people using the airport.

He warned the government of an ‘impending collapse’ of the travel industry surrounding Gatwick, and is calling for urgent action.

Cost of the coronavirus

Brighton and Hove City council have asked the government for more help to cover the cost of the coronavirus pandemic, at an estimated £30million.

Officials said existing funding helps rough sleepers and small businesses but leaves a funding gap for lost income such as parking charges and unpaid council tax bills.

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